Frankly, I will be surprised if this gets any notice at all. But I am compelled to continue.
A few weeks ago, I opened a package of frozen talapia - one of my family's favorite meals. I bake it in lemon and butter, with salt & pepper, and whatever spices I feel led to sprinkle on top. Yum.
The fish was served, and I hungrily took my first bite - and nearly gagged. Everyone else had similar reactions. I got the fish wrapper out of the garbage to check the date - the date was fine. What's this?
PRODUCT OF CHINA.
What the heck? I for one have not gotten over the pet food scare of last summer, the toothpaste scare, the expose reporting of food from China being made with fake filler ingredients. I just never thought to look at the labels of our FOOD to see that it doesn't come from China. I falsely assumed that the tainted food is that stuff you get ultra cheap in the dollar stores - get what you pay for and all that.
But more and more of our brand name food items have very murky origins.
Does anyone care?
Probably not. We're all worked up about the cost of fuel, being green, let's preserve our environment while our bodies are being fed by contaminated food products.
I used to think I only had to watch labels to avoid MSG and aspartame...now it's probably everything we eat.
I've been buying IGA brand products because they clearly say "MADE IN THE USA"
But are they really?
A 2002 Farm Bill passed by Congress mandated country-of-origin labeling for seafood, beef, lamb, pork, fish, fruits, vegetables and peanuts, but the Bush administration has delayed its implementation for everything except seafood until October 2008.
How come nobody is worried about this? We're being distracted by the other stuff that ultimately will mean nothing in the long run if our food is crap.
How long before something serious happens to US - and we end up like the hundreds of pets that died painful deaths due to contaminated wheat gluten? Contaminated with MELAMINE? Or what happens if that anti freeze ingredient that was in the toothpaste ends up in Fruit Loops?
Nope, has nothing to do with real estate, except maybe the idea of buying some real estate in Montana and living off the land is sounding mighty good to me now....if the land hasn't been polluted that is...